Brent Havlik, Jason and Justin Greenway leading Mitchell High's wrestling team
During dual matches, Mitchell High School wrestling coach Travis Carpenter can usually rest easy when Jason Greenway walks on the mat at 152 pounds.
That's because for the next three weight classes, Mitchell almost always wins.
Jason Greenway (152), Brent Havlik (160) and Justin Greenway (171) could be the most feared trio of wrestlers in the state at their respective weights.
But this season, the three juniors have run into tough matches, ones that ended in unusual position -- losses.
Jason Greenway's two losses are to the same opponent this season, while Havlik and Justin Greenway have each lost to one South Dakota wrestler, too.
Since it's the holiday break, the Kernels don't have another meet until Jan. 6. But Mitchell's trio of terror will be using the extended practice time to improve for future rematches against opponents they've lost to early in the year.
"It's a matter of getting their noses to the grindstone and busting their tails," Carpenter said. "There's positioning things we need to work on and other things to get better at."
Rapid City Stevens' Jarrett Jensen is the only person to defeat Jason Greenway this season. His other loss came against a North Dakota opponent. Jensen -- a former state champion -- defeated Greenway by fall earlier this season. Greenway closed the gap in the most recent match, losing 5-2 at a tournament in Sioux Falls. It was a match where Greenway even got the first takedown.
"It went pretty good this last time," Jason Greenway said. "It was nice to finally get a six-minute match in with him."
Two of Justin Greenway's three losses came against Kris Klapprodt, also of Rapid City Stevens. Klapprodt won by major decision in the first match and pinned Greenway recently.
"He's tough," Justin Greenway said. "I think right now he's at another level than I am. But I'll keep working all year, and by the end of the year hopefully I'll see him again. Then, we'll see what happens."
Havlik -- a defending state champion -- went unbeaten last year as a sophomore.
This year he's already lost two matches, including one in which he was pinned.
"A loss doesn't hurt," Carpenter said. "It kind of helps get that monkey off his back. ... The target is off his back and now is probably on someone else's."
Havlik was pinned in the third period by Rapid City Central's Aero Amo during a match that was tied 1-1. The only other loss he's taken this year was against a Wyoming opponent.
"Last year, I didn't have a target at all," Havlik said. "But it definitely seems like there is one this year."
The Greenways will get a chance to match up with Jensen and Klapprodt at the Mitchell Invitational Jan. 15, while Havlik won't get a chance at Amo until the state meet.
"You obviously go out and try to do what I did last year and win every match," Havlik said. "But my weight class is definitely tougher this year.
"For me, losing that match, it wasn't so much getting pinned, but getting beat," Havlik said. "You just have to forget about it."
The Kernels next action is when they travel to Watertown for a dual at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 6.